FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Targeted Completion Dates

That's what I call them.  Other people call them "deadlines."  You can make up your own story as to why I do not choose to use that word.  I explain it in detail in my book, LIVE WITH INTENTION.

I am an artist.  Responding to visual cues comes naturally to me. Daily I enjoy looking at this miniature target. My tasks are grouped there in a way that makes sense to my concept of priority in the day.  It's fun, at the end of the day, to see how many of the targeted projects come off the board.  
Some days more remain than come off - because, as you know, certain tasks in the day, don't get written down or anticipated in advance.  Life spills over the edges of the best laid plans.  Yet another reason I call them targeted completions.  I aim.  Some days I get closer than others.  But such visual supports help me "up my game" and stay closer to the things that really matter.  There are some days my target board is replaced with a single poster of mine. It reads, "Remember what matters?  Do that."  

An exciting target that I'd love to share with you can be found at my friend, Dr. Deanna Davis's web site.  In fact, let me just share what Dr. Davis had to say earlier today...

An Inspiring Sale!

Hello!

 We have an exciting announcement to share! Applied Insight has just released the first in a series of new inspirational items to support you in living with intention and loving your life. The new division is called, "Applied Insight Presents," and our first featured collection is called "Illuminations" by world-renowned author and artist Mary Anne Radmacher.

 We are honored to be the exclusive distributor of Mary Anne's colorful new line of inspirational prints and affirmation cards. Mary Anne's work has been featured on Oprah, CNN, and CBS News, and in The New Yorker, and her phrases and art travels the world inspiring people to live with purpose, passion, and playfulness.

We are celebrating the release of this exciting new line of work by offering a 25% discount on all orders this week. To sweeten the deal just a bit more, all orders ship for only $3. What's not to love?

To view the whole collection online, please visit http://deannadavis.net/books-and-products-2/inspirational/ and use coupon code "Radmacher" to receive your 25% discount.

Why not treat yourself or someone you care about to a little inspiration today?
Thanks for the continued opportunity to inspire, engage, and learn with all of you!

Deanna Davis
Author of The Law of Attraction in Action, Living With Intention, and Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie
www.deannadavis.net